What does HECTOR mean?

Definitions for HECTOR
ˈhɛk tərhec·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hectorverb

    (Greek mythology) a mythical Trojan who was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War

  2. strong-arm, bully, browbeat, bullyrag, ballyrag, boss around, hector, push aroundverb

    be bossy towards

    "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"


  1. hectornoun

    A bully; a blustering, turbulent, noisy fellow.

  2. hectorverb

    To intimidate or dominate in a blustering way.

  3. hectorverb

    To behave like a bully; swagger.

  4. Hectornoun

    A Trojan hero in Iliad.

  5. Etymology: From Ἕκτωρ, possibly from ἔχω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hectornoun

    Etymology: from the name of Hector, the great Homeric warriour.

    Those usurping hectors, who pretend to honour without religion, think the charge of a lye a blot not to be washed out but by blood. Robert South, Sermons.

    We’ll take one cooling cup of nectar,
    And drink to this celestial hector. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Hectorverb

    To threaten; to treat with insolent authoritative terms.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    They reckon they must part with honour together with their opinion, if they suffer themselves to be hectored out of it. Government of the Tongue.

    The weak low spirit, fortune makes her slave;
    But she’s a drudge, when hector’d by the brave. Dryden.

    An honest man, when he came home at night, found another fellow domineering in his family, hectoring his servants, and calling for supper. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of John Bull.

  3. To Hectorverb

    To play the bully; to bluster.

    They have attacked me, some with piteous moans and outcries, others grinning and only shewing their teeth, others ranting and hectoring, others scolding and reviling. Edward Stillingfleet.

    One would think the hectoring, the storming, the sullen, and all the different species of the angry, should be cured. Spect.

    Don Carlos made her chief director,
    That she might o’er the servants hector. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Hector

    In Greek mythology, Hector (; Ἕκτωρ, Hektōr, pronounced [héktɔːr]) is a character in Homer's Iliad. He was a Trojan prince and the greatest warrior for Troy during the Trojan War. Hector led the Trojans and their allies in the defense of Troy, killing countless Greek warriors. He was ultimately killed in single combat by Achilles, who later dragged his dead body around the city of Troy behind his chariot.


  1. hector

    As a noun, a "hector" refers to a person who bullies or intimidates others, often in a blustering or domineering manner. As a verb, "to hector" means to harass, intimidate, bully, or badger someone in a noisy or overbearing way. It is derived from the name of Hector, a Trojan prince and regarded as the greatest fighter in the Trojan War, from ancient Greek mythology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hectornoun

    a bully; a blustering, turbulent, insolent, fellow; one who vexes or provokes

  2. Hectorverb

    to treat with insolence; to threaten; to bully; hence, to torment by words; to tease; to taunt; to worry or irritate by bullying

  3. Hectorverb

    to play the bully; to bluster; to be turbulent or insolent

  4. Etymology: [From the Trojan warrior Hector, the son of Priam.]


  1. Hector

    In Greek mythology, Hector was a Trojan prince and the greatest fighter for Troy in the Trojan War. As the first-born son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba, a descendant of Dardanus, who lived under Mount Ida, and of Tros, the founder of Troy, he was a prince of the royal house and the heir apparent to his father's throne. He was married to Andromache, with whom he had an infant son, Scamandrius. He acted as leader of the Trojans and their allies in the defense of Troy, killing 31,000 Greek fighters in all. In the European Middle Ages, Hector figures as one of the Nine Worthies noted by Jacques de Longuyon, known not only for his courage but also for his noble and courtly nature. Indeed Homer places Hector as peace-loving, thoughtful as well as bold, a good son, husband and father, and without darker motives. When the Trojans are disputing whether the omens are favorable, he retorts: "One omen is best: defending the fatherland."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hector

    hek′tor, n. a bully, a street brawler: one who annoys.—v.t. to treat insolently: to annoy.—v.i. to play the bully.—ns. Hec′torer; Hec′torism.—adv. Hec′torly.—n. Hec′torship. [Hector, the Trojan.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Hector

    the chief hero of Troy in the war with the Greeks, the son of Priam and Hecuba; fought with the bravest of the enemy and finally slew Patroclus, the friend of Achilles (q. v.), which roused the latter from his long lethargy to challenge him to fight; Achilles chased him three times round the city, pierced him with his spear, and dragged his dead body after his chariot round Ilium; his body was at the command of Zeus delivered up to Priam and buried with great pomp within the city walls.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Hector

    To swagger, bully, treat with insolence, after Hector, the celebrated Trojan warrior. From the known character of this hero of antiquity it is not easy to conceive that he could ever have been a braggart. The inference is rather that this word in its accepted sense was derived from the brutal manner in which Achilles treated the body of Hector after he had slain him in single combat.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hector is ranked #7572 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hector surname appeared 4,387 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Hector.

    47.3% or 2,079 total occurrences were Black.
    39.2% or 1,721 total occurrences were White.
    9.8% or 432 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 115 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 28 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 12 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for HECTOR »

  1. tocher

  2. troche

  3. rochet

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HECTOR in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HECTOR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of HECTOR in a Sentence

  1. Deirdre Daly:

    Hector Natal set fire to his neighbors' home knowing that two large families, which included older women and young children, were inside.

  2. Ian Shepherd:

    Cloudy conditions and strong westerly winds associated with an active monsoon tend to suppress sea breezes over the islands, reducing the likelihood of Hector forming regularly, an active monsoon also generates regular showers and thunderstorms which move rapidly across the islands from west to east in the relatively cool maritime airstream.

  3. Atlanta Braves:

    We are extremely disappointed and troubled to learn of the allegations involving Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera, we will continue to gather information and will address this matter appropriately as we determine the facts.

  4. Homer:

    At last is Hector stretch'd upon the plain,Who fear'd no vengeance for Patroclus slainThen, Prince You should have fear'd, what now you feelAchilles absent was Achilles stillYet a short space the great avenger stayed,Then low in dust thy strength and glory laid.

  5. Hector Jairo Martinez:

    At Trump Tower in Manhattan, dozens of Dreamers demonstrated against the plan to end My DACA. I have built my life here in the U.S., for a little while I was about to breathe and move about freely. I kind of find Hector Jairo Martinez as an outsider looking into my life.

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